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Ben Smith is a two time Emmy award winning weekday meteorologist on WHNT News 19 This Morning. He brings 17 years of television experience to the table.

Ben is a certified broadcast meteorologist originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia. He says he's always been interested in weather from grade school, tracking snowstorms up the east coast and doing weather on the morning announcements in high school. After graduating high school, he attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina where in 1996 he received a bachelor's degree in Communications and a minor in Geography.

Ben landed his first on-air job right out of college at WNCT-TV in Greenville, NC where he did weather for five years. While working at WNCT, he went back to school and received a certificate in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Ben has also worked in Chattanooga and Birmingham, where he worked at WIAT-42 from 2001-2003. Ben was the Chief Meteorologist at WSAV in Savannah, Georgia for four years. From there, he worked for WFTV in Orlando, Florida.

Ben has been involved in the direct landfalls of several hurricanes including Bertha, Bonnie, Dennis, Fran and Floyd in 1999. Along with the WNCT staff, he was honored to be awarded the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for continuous coverage of Hurricane Floyd.

Ben holds seals from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and also has the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal of approval as well. He also serves on the National Weather Association seal evaluation committee.

In his spare time, Ben watches sports (the N.Y. Jets & Virginia Cavaliers). He also enjoys working out, going to church, and the beach.

Recent Articles
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    Valleywx.com: Say Hello To Another Arctic Blast

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – Get ready for another surge of arctic air. Temperatures this morning are in the teens and lower 20s. Expect readings to be 10°-15° colder Friday morning! Here are your highs for today. Note: Temperatures max out just before noon before falling through the day. Combine that with a gusty northwest wind, wind chill factors will likely be in the single digits and teens this afternoon. Winds will gust over 25 mph at times today. Here is […]

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    Valleywx.com: One Mild Day – Chance of Flurries

    It’s a beautiful MLK Day in the Tennessee Valley. It’s perfect timing with several folks already off from work. Temperatures are already above the seasonal average of 52° just after 11am. We are well on our way to readings in the upper 50s to lower 60s this afternoon. Here is a look at Downtown Huntsville around 11:15am. Temperatures are pleasant. Enjoy this afternoon, because the bottom falls out tomorrow. A gusty northwest wind and readings likely holding in the 30s […]

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    Valleywx.com: Wednesday Morning Snow Photos

    Some of us woke up to light snow this morning, including areas of DeKalb County. Northern parts of the county got a dusting on the cars and grass. It was a pretty scene. Thank you for sending pictures! Remember you can send pictures anytime to photo@whnt.com. See more pictures and share yours at Valleywx.com.

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    Valleywx.com: Snow Chances Sunday Afternoon & Evening

    With plenty of cold air in place, several people wonder if any accumulating snow is in the forecast. It’s a possibility Sunday afternoon into Sunday night. Rain is likely Sunday with a brief change over to snow. Minor accumulations are possible and slick roads could be in an issue with falling temperatures. Read the latest discussion on our weather blog, Valleywx.com.

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    Valleywx.com: Much Colder Air Ahead

    It’s a wet start to your Thursday morning. Temperatures are in the 40s with light rain in the area. Today will be a little different. By the time you get home from work, temperatures will be much colder and you may encounter a few snow flurries. Don’t worry, no accumulation is expected. Much colder air arrives this afternoon into the overnight. We’ll go from 40s now, into the middle 30s this evening. The temperature turns much colder over the next […]

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    Valleywx.com: Snow Thursday, but Accumulations Unlikely

    The chances of getting accumulating snow in the Tennessee Valley is unlikely on Thursday. Look for rain tonight into Thursday with only a brief chance over to light snow flurry activity through the afternoon. The best chance of a minor coating would be over northeast Alabama and southern Tennessee. Some of the higher elevations including Monte Sano and Lookout Mountain could see a little snow. Here is a look at our computer model Thursday afternoon showing a little light snow […]

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    Valleywx.com: Snow Possible Thursday Afternoon

    Clouds hold on today, but look for a mostly sunny sky through the afternoon with milder readings. Expect middle 40s later today. If you are heading out for New Year’s Eve, bundle up. Temperatures will likely be in the 30s under a clear sky. More Rain/Snow Possible Thursday: We had a brief round of light snow/rain on Monday evening and another bout of that is possible on Thursday. We have cold air moving in from the northwest and moisture gathering to […]

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    Roads This Morning: A Few Slick Spots, Mostly Wet

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – Good news – the roads are mostly wet this Tuesday morning, with very few slick spots.  People have driven carefully for the most part, and there were few accidents on the morning drive. If you have any ice on your windshield or trees branches, email your pictures to photo@whnt.com. Please include your name, location, and your temperature.  

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    Update: Winter Weather Advisory Cancelled

    (WHNT) – The National Weather Service in Huntsville has cancelled the Winter Weather Advisory. Temperatures across the Tennessee Valley were mainly in the mid 3os overnight, except in portions of northeast Alabama where the temperatures are in the lower 40s. Moisture also continues to dissipate this morning, so the advisory is cancelled. The National Weather Service says there could be some isolated sleet along and east of Interstate 65 this morning, but no major travel problems are expected. Overnight, it’s been mostly a […]

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    Very Little Snow Overnight in North Alabama, Roads in Good Shape

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – If you’re waking up curious about the winter weather, there’s not much to see. There wasn’t very much snow overnight for north Alabama. Around 10 p.m. Tuesday to midnight, a few areas reported light snow with no accumulation. Huntsville International Airport reported light snow. Trinity and Caddo reported a few flurries.  A quick as it started, it was gone. This was the radar image Tuesday at 11:41 p.m. Roads are in good shape, too.  We’ve checked […]

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    Valleywx.com: Cold Rain, A Few Snowflakes Possible

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A system that is bringing rain, sleet and snow to parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana is heading for the Tennessee Valley. This system heads our way this afternoon, tonight, and Tuesday.  Most of the precipitation will fall in the form of rain. However, don’t be surprised to see a few ice pellets mixing in at times this afternoon. Temperatures will remain above freezing so no travel problems are expected. If it gets a little “noisy” at […]

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    Valleywx.com: Cold Blast on the Way

    Enjoy this afternoon, because an arctic air mass is on the way. Here is the bigger view valid Tuesday evening. Look at northern part of the United States. That is very cold air moves southeast and will impact our forecast Tuesday. Highs won’t get out of the 40s for some and overnight lows dip into the middle 20s Wednesday and Thursday mornings. The blue and pink indicate very cold air! As far as the temperature trend over the next five […]


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